Tonawanda News — When I was in high school and working at the Aquarium of Niagara, I learned that ,the following year, magicians were coming to add two complimentary shows a day, six days a week for the summer months.
I had met them when I was in elementary school, first at school and then at one of their shows at the Buffalo Zoo. I was so enamored with their show and their use of real animals, I needed to remember the moment. And since the Internet was in its early days, Twitter and Facebook did not exist and cell phones and cameras were two separate things, my parents took a photograph using a camera. I still have it.
Fast forward to me learning that I would have access to full-time magicians at my workplace, I became beyond excited. I quickly learned their show times and my coworkers quickly learned when I would be taking my two half-an-hour breaks.
Magic and animals seem to go well together. Both have their own entertaining properties. I wondered how long animals have been associated with magicians.
“Since the beginning of time,” said Rob Allen of Magic with Rob & Carol Allen, the very magician who took me under his wing and not only dealt with me watching probably literally 100 of his shows, but taught me several tricks.
“The cavemen performed what’s called ‘sympathetic magic.’ They’d draw animals with spears in them on the walls of their caves, thinking that at the next hunt those drawings would make the hunt successful.”
He also told me that you can see drawings of magicians performing magic on the inside of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. “Magicians are depicted doing tricks with alligators and snakes — some of the tricks are very similar to the ones performed by magicians today.”